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Patriot pair puts pen to paper for college

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Northside High School athletes Cameron Hopkins and Jonathan Karastury signed national letters of intent to play college athletics Wednesday afternoon.

Hopkins is headed to Dothan, Ala., where he will play for Wallace State.

“As soon as I went up there, the teammates were different,” he said. “They all just welcomed me in. I knew that was probably the place I wanted to go.”

The player Northside head coach David Smart called “maybe the best leadoff hitter at Northside” can now turn his attention to helping his team advance further than the first round of the state tournament.

“It’s like a weight off the shoulders,” Hopkins said. “I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I can focus on the season now.”

For Karastury, it’s been a bit of a circuitous route.

“I went from playing defensive end in middle school to now, signing to a college as a quarterback,” Karastury said. “Coach [Morgan] Ingram hooked me up and I just worked hard to get where I am, just blessed to be here.”

Karastury cited watching then-senior Matthew Rossi sign while Karastury was a freshman as motivation.

“It felt weird up there because time flew and I worked hard,” he said. “I was up on the stage, where I wanted to be.”

Karastury and Hopkins will play together on the Patriot baseball team in 2014.

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